The NEC is a great venue for the British Shooting Show, says the editor
The much-anticipated British Shooting Show at the NEC has come and gone and the reports I’ve seen have been hugely positive. No doubt the opinions of show-goers of all kinds will be finding their way to the BSS organisors for quite a while, yet, and having contributed my own views, I’m assured all will be considered and all necessary action taken. You’ll find our British Shooting Show special report on page 11 of this issue, where I’ve done my best to squeeze as many highlights as possible into four pages. Truth to tell, we could have devoted this entire issue to what was going on over those three days at the NEC, but we’re satisfied that all of the best bits will find their way into this magazine as they become available for testing. Exciting times ahead, ladies and gentlemen, of that we may be certain.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of you who came to the Airgun World/Air Gunner stand to ask about my dodgy knee and to discuss ideas for this magazine. I was truly overwhelmed by your kind enquiries, with many of you sharing experiences and tips on how best to manage a messed-up cruciate ligament and torn meniscus, which is what the problem turned out to be. I’m doing my best to refer to it in the past tense, because I want the restrictions it brings to be out of my life. After all, as I write, in a very few days, I’ll be boarding a plane for Nuremberg and the IWA show, where once again I’ll be strolling happily, through mile after mile of aisles and exhibition halls, with not a trace of a limp and a smile on my fascinated face. I hope. Alternatively, I’ll Velcro on my Robocop knee brace, neck a bunch of painkillers, and go with a fixed grimace. Either way, I’ll be there, and I’m already excited.
MY MATE ALAN
Another personal highlight for me, was a visit from my little mate, Alan. I have a photo of Alan on my office wall, not only because he’s a top lad, and doing really well at school, but because Alan and his family epitomise so much of what is great about our sport. Alan’s airgunning is still in its formative stages, but he’s already showing those priceless qualities of enthusiasm and responsibility, plus he’s having a wonderful time doing so. Safe, productive, enjoyment is what our sport is all about, and my little mate, Alan, is living, smiling proof that, when we show our youngsters the way, they couldn’t choose a better sport.
Our sport is also about generosity and putting something back, and this is perfectly demonstrated by the lads at Ronnie Sunshine’s and their charity raffle in aid of the Royal British Legion. Turn to the BSS feature to find out what that’s all about, and please, if you can, get involved.
That’s it from me, and thanks again for coming to see us at the show. Your help with the production of this magazine is truly appreciated.
All the best. I
My top little mate, Alan. He and his family represent so much that is great about our sport.
What a wonderful gesture from the Ronnie Sunshine’s team. Please support them in their efforts to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
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